During the spring and summer, many families go out of state to visit relatives and/or enjoy their summer vacations. For a lot of Americans, this makes making a multi-state road trip. While you're out driving on the states' highways, it is important to understand that driving actions you take in another state can follow you back to Pennsylvania. In case you were unaware, Pennsylvania participates in something known as the Driver License Compact (DLC). The DLC is an organization made up of 46 out of our 50 states who work together to create a single system for driving records, driver licenses (so you can only hold a license in one state), and report all traffic convictions/license suspensions/license revocations so other states are aware of a driver's license status.
Over the summer, a Pennsylvania family gave insight into the dangers of distracted driving the face of new state legislation. According to local news sources, the family lost their eight-year-old son when he was hit by a distracted driver while he was walking across a crosswalk. They were interviewed about the dangers of distracted driving and how it impacted their family. At the time of the news article, PA lawmakers were working to keep our citizens safe by proposing a hands-free cell phone bill that would only allow cell phone use if it utilizes hands-free technology. Cell phone GPS use would also be allowed, as long as the cell phone was in a docking station.
Hunting season is just around the corner. In addition to the start of this season, this time of year also means that deer-related car crashes will most likely increase across our state. Historial data compiled by State Farm Insurance Agency suggests that about 1 in 70 Pennsylvania drivers will hit a deer in the next 12 months. We know that in our area, deer are a common sight. However, you may not know that Pennsylvania has the second highest deer-vehicle collision rate in the entire country (West Virginia has the highest rate).
Unfortunately, a recent accident in Clearfield County is making the local news. According to reports, a driver under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol did not stop at a stop sign, and consequently hit another car. The other car had two people inside, and one of them was thrown through the side window and went to the hospital to receive care. Police continue to investigate the incident.
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a significant cause of car crashes across the state. If you are a victim of a car crash due to another's negligent driving practices, and have sustained injuries, it may be time to seek legal advice. Attorney Doug Stoehr is your experienced Altoona, PA area injury attorney who can review your claim. Call his office at 814-946-4100 to learn more and discuss your potential case.
Original article may be found here: https://www.wearecentralpa.com/news/local-news/car-accident-in-clearfield-sends-one-person-through-passenger-window/
Do you know about how traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur? How common are they in car accident victims? Today we will be covering how TBI's occur and debunk some myths about TBIs.
Did you know that rainfall, no matter how light, can significantly influence your chances of being in a fatal accident? According to reports from the American Meteorological Society, which studied over 125,000 fatal car crashes in the 48 continguous states, they found that wet roads (no matter from rain, sleet, snow, or hail) increased the risk of a fatal accident by about 34% across the country. Even when the rain was light, the risk increased by over 25%. The study utilitized advanced data techniques, including targeted use of high-resolution radars, that had not been used in such a large-scale study before. For Pennsylvania in particular, a fatal crash appears to be almost 13% more likely to occur during any form of precipitation as opposed to when the roads are dry.
In case you ever needed another reason to make sure that your children are properly secure in their carseats, look no further than this article. A PA mother posted a picture on social media that showed the wreckage of her car after an accident next to a picture of her children's intact car seats. To take a look at the picture and read more about the article, please click here.
Although this may be an older article, it is incredibly worthwhile to read! Several years ago, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on a safety initiative run by the state police to assess child safety seats. A voluntary inspection occurred at sites throughout the state for a two-week period. Over 75% of the 319 seats checked were not installed correctly. Of course, this is a huge cause for concern! The state police listed the most common problems as a failure to position the seat in the right direction and not properly adjusting the safety harnesses or harnessing the seat in the right manner. If you are concerned that your child's car seat is not installed correctly, you can call your local police department to see if they'd be able to do a safety check for you.
If you've ever been in an accident, such as a car or bicycle accident, you know how painful and persistent those injuries can be. However, if you also happened to have injured your spine, the lasting damages can be even more severe. What are some of the expenses that occur after you've injured your spine? Take a look below.